Heroes: the Army
"...The alert Yank dashed over to the barn, entered and found the Germans squirming their way into a hay pile. When gorham poked the Nazis with his rifle, the Germans hastily came to their feet and were captured..."
Pfc., Russell Gorham
- Branch of Service: Army
- Unit: Co. H., 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
- Dates: 1942 - 1945
- Location: European Theater
- Rank: PFC
- Birth Year: 1925
- Entered Service: Santa Fe, NM
World War II era photograph
Newspaper Clipping (Date not stated) Russell Gorham Nabs to Nazis.
Newspaper Clipping (Associated Press -- Date not stated) 35th Gains Most
Text of two newspaper clippings pictured above.
Nabs Two Nazis
WITH THE 35th INFANTRY DIVISION IN GERMANY -- Private First Class Russel Gorham at the Elbe river front with the 137th Infantry Regiment, captured two Nazi prisoners. Gorham was with a small party of men who went forward to spot an advanced command post location, and while doing so, became confronted by a small pocket of resisting Germans.
As the Yanks were working through a small patch of woods, Gorham noticed two Nazi soldiers run into a barn. The alert Yank dashed over to the barn, entered and found the Germans squirming their way into a hay pile. When gorham poked the Nazis with his rifle, the Germans hastily came to their feet and were captured.
The Sante Fe Express, 1944
35th GAINS MOST
SUPREME HEADQUARTES ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, Paris, Nov. 12 (AP). ---, U. S. Third Army tanks and infantry smashed forward four miles along a 20-mile front southeast of Metz today. Increasing pressure on that German held fortress city despite rain and snow, which robbed the Americans of all air support.
The greatest gains of the fifth day of a two way drive which threatens to cut off the Metz defenders from the rear were made by the 35th infantry division which pounded ahead four miles clearing the Chauteau-Salins forest and continuing more than an mile beyond into the Cha (remainder of line is illedgable).
The 35th not only added 40 more prisoners to the bag which totaled 3,625 in the first four days, but captured five German tanks intact and undamaged.
The Sante Fe Express, 1944
Check out our page on Pfc. Russell Gorham in our
Photo Album and Scrapbook: Pfc. Russell Gorham
You can also read about the history of Russell Gorham's World War II military unit at: 35th Infantry Division
Information and photographs with regards to Mr. Russell Gorham were generously provided by Ms.Nancy Skrocki.
Original Story submitted on 23 April 2002.
Story added to website on 23 April 2002.
September 5, 2002.
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